Why Acupuncture for Allergies?
Allergies are specific to each individual and can be embraced as personal cues from the mind, body, and spirit that we may need to avoid certain types of foods, thought patterns, and relationships to maintain the integrity of a healthy state. The focus of acupuncture diagnosis is to identify the particular pattern of disharmony that results in allergy symptoms. Based on this pattern diagnosis, the acupuncture treatment plan is tailored to fit each individual.
An acupuncture consultation is the first step in decreasing the severity and frequency of allergic reactions. Get started before allergy season to get a head start on building your defenses. During allergy season, work with your acupuncturist to think of lifestyle and dietary changes that will make it easier for your body to minimize symptoms. In addition to this treatment, you can help fight allergies from home...
4 Simple Ways to Fight Allergies
- Avoid foods that produce excess mucus and create inflammation: dairy, sugar, wheat, soy
- Make an herbal vapor tent: Pour 4 cups of boiling water over a few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary. Make a tent by covering the bowl and your head with a towel. Inhale the steam for 5 minutes to loosen chest congestion, reduce fever, and decrease headaches.
- Take a bath: Stir 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 5 drops of lavender essential oil directly into 1 cup of Epsom salt. Diffuse the salt mixture into the bath water. Soak for 20-30 minutes to relieve nasal and sinus congestion, decrease sneezing and coughing, and reduce tightness in the chest.
- Eat local honey: According to Mayo Clinic, "Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens."